Patient Guide


Every stroke is different. Two people with similar strokes may be affected in different ways.

The journey to recovery for each survivor is different. The support of family, friends and a rehabilitation network is a great help in recovery. No one is able to predict how long it's going to take, what lies ahead or how much the survivor will recover. Life will be changed forever in some way for the stroke survivor and those closest to them.

According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the number 1 cause of adult disability in the US-you are not alone. The most important things to remember about stroke are:

  • Know the symptoms and when to seek medical attention promptly.
  • Reduce risk for stroke and prevent another stroke.
  • Learn how to manage and adapt to problems or disability due to a stroke.

It is important to realize that you are more likely to have another stroke unless you make changes in your daily habits: The good news is that there is much you can do, to adapt to life after a stroke and to reduce your risk for stroke.

Stroke: A Guide for Patients and Families

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Rhode Island has made available an informative resource for patients and families who have suffered a stroke, outlining types of stroke, treatment, recovery, risks and much more. The guide is presented in PDF so it can be printed or read on screen.

Download Stroke: A Guide for Patients and Families (English, PDF)